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The study of light and the phenomena associated with its generation, transmission, and detection. In a broader sense, optics includes all the phenomena associated with infrared and ultraviolet radiation. Geometrical optics assumes that light travels in straight lines and is concerned with the laws controlling the reflection and refraction of rays of light. Physical optics deals with phenomena that depend on the wave nature of light, e.g. diffraction, interference, and polarization.

Subjects: Chemistry.

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